Milestone is capable of and has produced drastically better and more authentic racers in the past. As previously indicated, those gems also tend to be the games that received the most breathing space.
Ride 2 is certainly an improvement over the original game. There's still a grind to experience as you get through the World Tour, but it isn't as severe as before. The physics and general bike handling are balanced now, so both beginners and more experienced players can handle it, and the frame rate is more stable than before. With long loading times and an AI that hasn't evolved at all, it feels like the changes in Ride 2 aren't significant enough to attract people who weren't already enamored with the first game. Bike aficionados will certainly have more fun with the game, but if you really want to race something that's not on four wheels, try this out as a rental.
Despite the similarities, Ride 2 is not as user friendly as Microsoft’s annual racing games. This means players are going to have to really work to ride with the best, and that’s an uphill battle they may not want to fight on your recreational time.
For people such as myself who fall in the middle, the title acts as a nice distraction to pick up and play everyone once in awhile. The racing element is bogged down with all the minutiae and it’s hard to get really into everything without becoming frustrated. Too much detail in the wrong area can cause even the nicest ride to become bumpy and unpleasant.
Overall, Ride 2 is a great racing simulator for all fans with various skill levels as well as love for certain types of bikes. The controls offer a wide range of settings from beginners to experts. The graphics are visually stunning and it is a really fun game to get lost in and play for hours. Keep in mind that the repetitive gameplay may keep some away from purchasing this game, however I would recommend getting this game if you like racing sims and looking for anything similar to Gran Turismo but with Motorcycles.
Featuring an impressive roster of bikes and tracks, and a broad spectrum of events to participate in, Ride 2 starts out being a bit of a grind, but eventually becomes a very entertaining racing game. Its action might be a little too hardcore to appeal to anyone other than a real motorcycle fan, but if that's you, definitely check it out.
Ride 2 fails to provide compelling reasons for one to tackle their world tours due to poor gameplay mechanics and imbalanced AI.
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A confused spectacle that fails to promote the idea of a motorcycle game.
Motorcyclists will love the amount of content Ride 2 has to offer, but more casual racers may be turned off by its depth and aggressive AI. There is a serious difficulty curve in place that isn’t for everyone, but those willing to face it head on can find something to like here.
Winning races and earning money to buy bikes just to compete in more races and earn more money was the greatest time trial of all.